More A&E doctors moving abroad as pressure mounts, report claims
DOCTORS claim accident and emergency departments are under “intolerable pressure” and urgent action is needed.
Nine in 10 emergency doctors are working more than their contracted hours, according a new report from the College of Emergency Medicine.
The report say the pressures are especially less appealing to junior doctors, and making it difficult for staff to stay on when they want to work abroad.
Cheltenham’s A&E department downgraded earlier this year because of a shortage of A&E doctors nationally.
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The report, which surveyed more than 1,000 emergency consultants, showed that more than 60 per cent of the doctors say their workload is “unsustainable”, it was reported today.
The number of emergency consultants moving abroad rose from two in 2009, to 21 this year, up to August 8.
A report on a review of emergency care, given by Dr Cliff Mann, said: “Crowding in A&E departments is a growing threat to patient safety and can have a significant impact on all patients with proven consequences for morbidity and mortality.
“Trainee supervision is inadequate only because workload is excessive. With ED consultants regularly working into late evenings and weekends a greater proportion of time is covered than in most other specialties.
“However clinical workload and intensity diminish the capacity for adequate supervision and teaching.”
“Much attention has been focused on the problems experienced in A&E departments. A range of initiatives are being worked upon by NHS England and a long lasting solution is required.
“Key to resolving this is getting the workforce right and this needs a fundamental review and proper funding which we hope will be an outcome of the review being led by Sir Bruce Keogh.
“Whilst a workable solution to this point is awaited our Members and Fellows are doing their utmost on a daily basis to provide the best possible patient care.”
A Department of Health spokesman said: “We know we need to do more to support emergency departments.
“We have asked Prof Sir Bruce Keogh to carry out a review to look at the demands on services and how the NHS should respond.”